October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in women in Canada. On average, 62 Canadian women are diagnosed and 14 Canadian women die with breast cancer every day. Many of these cancers are estrogen positive. Estrogens are broken down in the liver. These breakdown byproducts are called metabolites.
We often think about the immune system this time of year when colds and flus are becoming more apparent. I often get patients ask me, “Is my immune system as good as it could be?” This is not a simple yes or no answer. We know many things can affect our immune system. One thing that has a significant impact on our immune system is stress.
As the weather begins to turn, one thing that comes to mind with the chilly nights is unfortunately, cold and flu season. During this time, we begin to see an increase in the amount of upper respiratory tract infections (common cold) as well as an increase in flus. One of the best ways to ward off these pesky bugs isto help prevent them in the first place.
With winter chills, colds and flu just around the corner here’s what we can do to boost our immune system as it is our first line of defense against viruses and disease. Our immune system controls how the body manufacturers our white blood cells which help fight infections.
Over 3 million children in Canada are treated for ear infections every year. The goal of Naturopathic care is to safely and quickly remove the cause of inflammation and infection and to prevent future problems by building a strong immune system. Ear infections are more common in the winter when bacteria and viruses are out in full force.
After the long days of summer, September has quickly arrived and kids are now due to return to the classroom. For many families, this means creating a new routine which means re-establishing an appropriate bedtime. Many children can have difficulty concentrating in the classroom and can struggle academically if they do not get enough sleep.